May 2, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27) celebrates after scoring during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Dodgers Vs. Rockies: L.A. Drops Wild One At Coors Field

The Dodgers have the best record in the National League at 17-8.

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Dodgers Activate Ronald Belisario From Restricted List

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday activated Ronald Belisario from the restricted list, after the right-handed relief pitchers completed his 25-game suspension for violating the MLB joint drug agreement.

Belisario last pitched for the Dodgers on October 1, 2010, and missed all of 2011 as he was unable to secure a work visa from his native Venezuela. Belisario in February admitted to one-time cocaine use, which was presumably the reason for his visa issues last season and for his 25-game suspension this season.

In 2009, Belisario made his major league debut at age 26 and proved a valuable piece in the Dodgers bullpen with a 2.04 ERA in 69 appearances, and 64 strikeouts in 71 innings. He showed up to spring training five weeks late in 2010, and struggled with a 5.04 ERA and saw his strikeouts plummet to 38 in 55 innings.

To make room for Belisario on the active roster, the Dodgers designated Mike MacDougal for assignment. MacDougal, 35, had a 7.94 ERA in seven appearances. The Dodgers are on the hook for his $1 million guarantee, which includes a $650,000 salary for 2012 and a $350,000 option buyout in 2013.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Final Score: Jason Giambi Walk-Off Home Run Beats L.A. 8-5

Jason Giambi's walk-off three-run home run off Scott Elbert gave the Colorado Rockies an 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday at Coors Field. The loss was just the third series loss for the Dodgers this season in eight tries.

The Dodgers were down 2-1 after seven innings in a pitchers duel, and that's when the game started to get interesting. Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled in two runs in the top of the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a lead, and ace Clayton Kershaw had thrown just 81 pitches through seven innings to that point, looking poised to pitch at least the eighth inning if not his first complete game of the year.

But he gave up a pair of singles and a wild pitch to allow the tying run, followed by a two-run home run by Carlos Gonzalez to give Colorado a 5-3 lead. It was the second home run of the game for Gonzalez, who had three home runs and seven RBI in the three-game series.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Matt Kemp was intentionally walked with two outs and a man on first base, and Dee Gordon made Colorado pay with a double to tie the game at 5-5.

Jamey Wright, pitching his second inning to start the bottom of the ninth, allowed two walks and a sacrifice bunt before Elbert was brought in to face Giambi.

The Dodgers are off Thursday before starting a three-game series on Friday at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Starting Lineups: Juan Rivera Returns, Juan Uribe, Dee Gordon Sit

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for a series win on Wednesday afternoon as they finish a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers, looking for this third win of the season, while rookie Drew Pomeranz starts for Colorado.

Juan Rivera, who was reduced to pinch hitting duty for six games after straining his left hamstring, returns to the starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the left-handed Pomerantz. Jerry Hairston Jr. is back too after playing just one of the last three games after getting hit by a pitch on the left hand. Hairston is at third in place of Juan Uribe, who re-injured his left wrist on Tuesday.

Dee Gordon, who hit his first major league home run on Tuesday, sits on Wednesday against the left Pomerantz. Here are the starting lineups for Wednesday's series finale.

Dodgers (17-7)

Gwynn LF
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Rivera 1B
Ethier RF
Hairston 3B
Sellers SS
Ellis C
Kershaw P

Rockies (11-12)

Herrera 2B
Fowler CF
Gonzalez LF
Tulowitzki SS
Helton 1B
Cuddyer RF
Rosario C
Nelson 3B
Pomeranz P

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Final Score: L.A. Holds On For 7-6 Win

The Dodgers hit three home runs off Jhoulys Chacin, including the first major league home run by shortstop Dee Gordon, and held on for a 7-6 win in a tale of two games Tuesday night at Coors Field in Colorado. The Dodgers built a 7-0 lead after five innings, but the Rockies' late rally fell just short, as Carlos Gonzalez struck out with the tying run 90 feet away to end the game.

Ted Lilly continued his great start to 2012 by allowing just two runs in six innings, a two-run home run by Gonzalez which ended a streak of 68 consecutive innings without a home run off Lilly. The Rockies rallied for three runs in the seventh inning and one more in the eighth, but embattled closer Javy Guerra struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning for his eighth save.

Andre Ethier followed Gordon's first inning home run with a three-run shot of his own, as the Dodgers led 4-0 after four batters. A.J. Ellis had an RBI double and a two-run home run to help the Dodgers build their 7-0 advantage.

The Dodgers go for a series win on Wednesday afternoon, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound facing rookie Drew Pomeranz for Colorado.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Tuesday Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to rebound from Monday's loss as they battle the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night at Coors Field. Ted Lilly gets the start for the Dodgers, looking to continue his great start to the season. Lilly has allowed one run in each of his three starts.

The Dodgers on Monday night lost 6-2 at Coors Field, just the second time in eight series that the Dodgers have lost the first game of a series.

Jhoulys Chacin gets the start for the Rockies. Juan Uribe gets a night off for the Dodgers, as Adam Kennedy starts at third base. Here are the starting lineups:

Dodgers (16-7)

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Loney 1B
Gwynn LF
Kennedy 3B
Ellis C
Lilly P

Rockies (11-11)

Young CF
Scutaro 2B
Gonzalez LF
Tulowitzki SS
Helton 1B
Cuddyer RF
Hernandez C
Nelson 3B
Chacin P

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Final Score: Matt Kemp Homers In 6-2 Loss In Colorado

Matt Kemp homered again for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night, but they lost 6-2 to the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-game series at Coors Field. Kemp's home run was his 12th of the season, most in the majors, and set a new Dodgers franchise record for home runs in April.

The Rockies scored three runs in the fourth inning to take control of the game, highlighted by a two-run double by Troy Tulowitzki off Aaron Harang, who allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings for his second loss of the season.

Juan Nicasio allowed two runs in six innings for the win, but was pulled after allowing two batters to reach base in the seventh. The Dodgers loaded the bases with nobody out, but Kemp and Andre Ethier both struck out, followed by a Juan Rivera pop out.

Kemp ended his stellar month hitting .417, just the 30th Los Angeles Dodger to hit .400 in a month.

Ted Lilly starts for the Dodgers on Tuesday, facing Jhoulys Chacin for Colorado.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Starting Lineups: Juan Rivera Out Again

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their fourth straight win Monday night when they travel to Coors Field to battle the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers will start Aaron Harang in the opener, against Juan Nicasio for Colorado.

Juan Rivera hasn't started since straining his left hamstring on Tuesday, and he is out of the lineup again on Monday night. On Sunday manager Don Mattingly said Rivera was close to returning to the field, but that the team was proceeding with caution.

"We feel like we're over the hump, but now I don't want to panic and do it a day early, and end up with him going backwards," Mattingly said.

Here are Monday's starting lineups:

Dodgers (16-6)

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Loney 1B
Uribe 3B
Gwynn LF
Ellis C
Harang P

Rockies (10-11)

Scutaro 2B
Herrera 3B
Gonzalez LF
Tulowitzki SS
Helton 1B
Hernandez C
Colvin RF
Fowler CF
Nicasio P

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